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Tsuboya Pottery Museum

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Address: 1-9-32 Tsuboya, Naha 902-0065, Okinawa Prefecture
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+81 98-862-3761

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It's a small museum but interesting to learn about Okinawan pottery. Learn the difference between ara-yachi and Jo-yachi. The former includes water jars and other large items... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

It's a small museum but interesting to learn about Okinawan pottery. Learn the difference between ara-yachi and Jo-yachi. The former includes water jars and other large items coated with mud, while the latter consists of everyday crockery, such as bowls and plates. You even get to feel the difference between the two types of pottery. Be sure to get the... More 

Thank NinaAsia
Incheon, South Korea
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

Travel to this lovely museum and you'll be in the midst of tiny pottery studios and shops. The museum is fairly inexpensive to get into, most of the displays are entirely in Japanese. There is an English brochure and some history of the area in English as well. This is a really gorgeous and quaint area, tiny cafe's and traditional... More 

1 Thank Tanuki T
Kensington, Mn
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

The museum will only take a half hour or so but it goes through the history of the making of the different kinds of pottery produced in Okinawa.

Thank travelingwolf
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 661 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Just next to my Hyatt hotel so very convenient . It's a small museum with 3 floors that attempts to tell pottery history , especially for the Okinawa region . Got the English audio guide and it helps as all the signs next to the pottery are Japanese

Thank bcheong
El Paso, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

But after getting better directions to the monorial..found out that it really should not have been that hard to find..on the way back to the Monorail, there was a tourist office and I went in to ask how to find the Garden..Anyway, the museum gave a history of Okinawan pottery. There was a movie showing and I saw it anyway... More 

Thank Marta E
Frankston Sth, Victoria
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

We presented our university student cards and received discounted entry. The history of pottery in the local area was very interesting, and the museum exhibits are beautifully presented and describe the local customs and history as well as the story of the local pottery. It was quiet, peaceful, and cool :) A lovely please to spend a couple of hours.

Thank Fran_from_Frankston
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

Within Naha, there is a place where pottery has been fired for centuries. It is called Tsuboya. This museum shed light on its history and craftsmanship.

Thank World1day
San Francisco, California, USA
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Reviewed 20 November 2015

Definitely get the English audioguide. I didn't know there was one (there weren't obvious signs)- so I went thru the exhibit once a bit clueless, and then saw a sign for the audioguide when I was about to leave. So I did the museum over again. The audioguide is great for explaining what/why/how/where about Okinawan/Ryukyu pottery. Definitely go to this... More 

1 Thank DanielleK723
Tokyo, Giappone
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Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

For people interested in traditional pottery this can be a good place. It shows the history of Ryukyu's pottery since ancient times and there's also a nice video, described in Okinawa language (with Japanese subtitles), that shows the process of pottery making typical of Tsuboya district

Thank Masato0918
maidstone, england
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Reviewed 8 August 2015

Nice little museum, tucked away I thought, but you can find it! Lots of interesting exhibits and some English, tho you can get an audio guide,

Thank annpan

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